In a continued effort to show their total disconnect with the entire state of Tennessee, Democrat Party Chair Mary Mancini went to Twitter to ask what the TNGOP has done to invest in our workers.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 4 years, you’d know that the Drive to 55 has been one of Governor Haslam’s biggest initiatives. The goal is to get 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025.
The cornerstone of this initiative has been the Tennessee Promise with more than 33,000 students enrolled. This program makes Tennessee the only state in America that will provide two years of tuition-free attendance at a community or technical college in Tennessee for high school graduates. It also provides a mentoring program for every student involved, ensuring that those taking part have help that isn’t just financial.
The second largest piece to this puzzle is Tennessee Reconnect which provides last dollar scholarships for adults who maybe never got the chance or had the time to get a college degree or technical training to go back and complete that dream.
Oh, and we should mention that both of these programs were created without adding any new taxes. It’s the type of governing that Tennessee Democrats aren’t familiar with it.
Along with leading the nation in expanded access to education, the Department of Economic and Community Development under Governor Haslam has worked to bring more jobs to Tennessee giving us the lowest unemployment rate in state history and rank of #1 state in Foreign Direct Investment.
Employers continually choose Tennessee as the place to start, grow, and expand their businesses, providing more jobs and investments for Tennesseans and Tennessee communities. No wonder Tennessee was named back to back "State of the Year."
It’s a shame that Mary Mancini and the Tennessee Democratic Party live in such a partisan world where they can’t even recognize that right here in Tennessee, we are providing workers with more tools, resources, and opportunities needed to succeed and have a strong career than any other state in the country.